Ground Handling Equipment Pooling At London Luton Airport

We have two ground handlers here.  It used to be that we had two sets of  everything on the one stand and it was  very congested and there was just equipment everywhere.  Everybody recognised the problem,  the airlines recognised it and  most importantly the ground handlers recognised it.  We invited equipment providers to work out for us  how we could achieve just having shared assets on the  stands.  TCR were the company that were awarded that contract.  TCR is actually a company that specialises in full fleet  management services, meaning rental maintenance and fleet management.  Over recent years there is more and more congestion  at airport’s, so it actually grew for us to  come up with innovative ideas to  reduce these kind of problems.  For Luton airport transfer services just click on link

The biggest challenge we faced in all of this process  was the concept of sharing the same equipment.  We did that through the use of telematics.  Instead of running around collecting the steps  and all the other equipment to bring  to the stand from other stands and  going from the other side of the airport to here,  everything’s there ready to pull on.  It’s really, really good.  The turn around process is much slicker. 

A bit more like Formula One if you like,  when a car goes into the pit stop.  The moment that aircraft is stopped and  chocked, the turnaround process begins.  The stand is fully dressed we’re ready to go.  The real winner in this is the passenger.  The more efficient the turnaround process  the sooner they get about their own business.  The more efficient we are on the ground,  the better the price of your ticket. 

There’s nobody around the world that has taken this  as far as we have.  We’ve had airports like Sydney Airport, Singapore, New Zealand  come here to see the benefits.  We’re happy to show them and we’re happy to share this  because if this improves industry – it is good for us.  LLA has a really good history of innovation.  We’re not an organisation for sitting around  waiting for somebody to show the way  We prefer to lead it. 

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